Hasselblad X1D vs. Sony A7R II


If you leave Resolution and sensor size then Sony A7R II is the camera that bears all the specifications to meet the exact demands of the passionate and professional photographers. Resolution and the sensor size are the only appreciable things in X1D camera and then after the incredible specifications Sony A7R II is winning the comparison race excellently over hasselblad’s X1D camera. You can see from the table that both are mirrorless cameras, but X1D uses medium format sensor, while Sony A7R II uses full frame sensor. If you want to know more details about the specifications of these two cameras then read our comparison…

Features/ Models Hasselblad X1D
Sony A7R II
Megapixel 50MP  CMOS Sensor 42.3
Sensor size Medium format (44 x 33 mm) Full frame (35.9 x 24 mm)
Image processor Unknown Bionz X
AF system Contrast detect sensor Contrast Detect (sensor) + Phase Detect (Hybrid)
AF points NA 399+25
 ISO ISO 100-25600 50-102400
Shutter speed 60 sec to 1/2000 sec 30 sec 1/8000 sec
Image Stabilization No Sensor-shift/5-axis
 Continuous shooting speed 2.3fps 5fps
 Video Full HD 1080p H.264 Video at 25 fps 4K video @30fps
Display 3.0″ 920k-dot touchscreen LCD monitor 3″ Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (1,228,800)
Hot shoe Yes No
Wireless WiFi + NFC Built-In with NFC
Battery life NA 290 shots
Dimensions 150 x 98 x 71 mm 127 x 96 x 60 mm
Weight 725 g 625g

Hasselblad X1D vs. Sony A7R II

Sensor size- Hasselblad X1D is the camera for those photographers whose primary demand is stunning image quality in any kind of photography situation. As X1D employs 50mp resolutions and its remarkable medium format sensor is assuring sharp and clear images with exceptional details. On the other hand, Sony A7R ii may not produce the same standard of images as Hasselblad do, because Sony has lesser resolution and smaller sensor size as well.

AF system- You can see from the table that X1D is restricted to only contrast detect system, but the user of Sony will enjoy shooting with the A7R II’s inventive hybrid AF system. The huge benefit of using Sony over Haselblad is that it uses hybrid AF system (Contrast + phase), so that the users can achieve quick and accurate focus of the target subjects. And after that the inventive 399AF points of A7R II, which works together with 25 contrast AF points to achieve faster tracking and focus response. Sadly, Hasselblad has not mentioned the AF points of X1d camera.

ISO– So, if you are setting your mind to pick the best camera for lowlight photography then we would happy to suggest you A7R ii camera, because the camera offers an expandable ISO range of upto 102400, ensuring you worry free shooting in lowlight. But, users may find problems in lowlight while shooting with the Hasselblad camera, since the camera’s ISO range is limited only upto 25600. But the base ISO of Hasselblad is good and maybe proved positive while shooting in lowlight conditions.

Image stabilization– Truly, it isn’t possible for us to carry tripod everywhere or wherever we go for shooting. But, a tripod is great tool to protect our images from unwanted camera shake problem that eventually the cause of blurry images. And to overcome this problem the camera like A7R II implements a feature called image stabilization that is highly effective to compensate for the appearance of blur in the images due to unnecessary camera shake problems. But, no image stabilization included in the Hasselblad camera.

Shutter speed– Picking X1D for sports or fast moving subjects shooting purpose can be a mistake, because the camera offers the shutter speed of only 1/2000 sec, this shutter speed may not be enough for the required situation (Capturing fast moving actions). When you go to shoot the faster moving actions you should have the camera that offers you faster shutter speed and that is A7r ii, offering shooting speed of 1/8000 seconds to ingeniously capture the actions of the desire subjects.

Continuous shooting speed- Sony A7R II offers 5fps, whereas X1D uses 2.3fps means if a photographer wants to capture the fast actions from any sports event or the actions of any sports player then A7R ii is the great camera for that can meet their demands.

Videos-  A photographer has to satisfy with the limited Full HD 1080p recording at 25 fps  with Hasselblad X1D camera, but the Sony allows their users to record the 4K video at 30fps means they can get much more details and clarity in your video and the picture will look even better compared to the HD of Hasselblad.

Battery- One can take approx 290 shots at a time with Sony A7R II, but, unluckily, Hasselblad hasn’t revealed the number of shots are possible with X1D camera.

Verdict- The base ISO of Hasselblad X1D is going to be better, all due to its enormous size sensor, means along with sharpness and clarity the images will also not miss even tiny details of the desired subjects, but there is dedicated AF system in Sony A7R II for fast focusing and tracking performance. Hasselblad is recommended for the landscape and portrait photographers, whereas Sony is for those who want mirrorless camera for sports photography with 4K option. However, the price of Sony is comparatively lesser than Hasselblad X1D, the massive factor. 

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